This is getting worse.  I thought it was only being silly and will fade away how the country glorified Manny Pacquiao these past few years. Yesterday when I heard the news about giving a high rank to Pacquiao, I despise how things have gone awry in the Philippines. It’s absurd!

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) promoted Manny Pacquiao to Lt. Col. Emmanuel Pacquiao. Really, really?!

If according to the Philippine Constitution anyone can be voted by the officials or appointed by the President of the Philippines to be an official of the government unless this person has at least finished college.

He was enlisted in the Reserve Force of the Philippine Army in the rank of Sergeant on April 27, 2006. He was later on promoted to the rank of Technical Sergeant on December 1, 2006.

On October 7, 2007, he was promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant for giving distinct honor, not only to the Army and the AFP, but the entire country after defeating Antonio Barrera. He was then elevated to the rank of Senior Master Sergeant on May 4, 2009 as a tribute to him as the World’s No.1 pound-for-pound boxer.

It was said that an honorary degree shouldn’t be used as qualification for top Army officers.

"Let's focus on the honorary degree, which means you did not earn it through academic, hard work and all those kinds of things. An honorary degree means whoever gets it must deserve it. Otherwise, lima singko na lang siya. But whenever lives of people are involved, I don't think honorary degrees should be the qualification," said Prof. Clarita Carlos, former president of the National Defense College of the Philippines.

She also theorized the question: "Would you allow yourself to undergo a surgery from someone who only had an honorary degree? Or would you ride a plane where the pilot has an honorary degree in flying?”

PRIDE. That’s what he’s given the country, and I agree on that. However, it doesn’t mean he has won few World Boxing titles; the AFP will honour him every time by giving Pacquiao all the AFP top ranks. LOL!

Someday, I hope the hearsay about Pacquiao to be the future president of the Philippines won’t eventually happen, or you’ll be knocked out!

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